The PwC graduate application and recruitment process explained
PwC aims to complete its recruitment process, from your initial online form to completion of your assessment centre, within six weeks. While this timeframe can vary depending upon the availability of staff and how busy the recruitment team is at different parts of the year, it is clear that PwC starts recruiting early, often beginning before university terms begin.
There is a definite benefit in applying for a graduate scheme with PwC sooner rather than later. Despite increasing its number of vacancies over recent years, over half of PwC’s graduate roles are often secured by January. The firm states quite clearly: ‘For most of our graduate and undergraduate programmes, we recruit on a rolling basis, which means when our roles open, they will fill up on a first come first served basis.’
Although some of the elements of the application process outlined below may differ according to the role you’re applying for, here are the five basic steps you can expect during the PwC selection process:
1. The PwC online application form
Spend time researching and selecting the role at PwC you’re interested in, and complete the online application form. It sounds obvious, but remember to read the instructions carefully, don’t rush, and check your grammar and spelling carefully. The firm advises: ‘Don't repeat statements you've read in our brochures and the website’
2. The PwC online immersive job preview assessment
This is a situational judgement test, which will involve watching video scenarios of what it is like to work at PwC. You’ll be asked questions based on what you have seen, and your answers will help recruiters decide if you would be suitable for the role you’re applying for, and the firm. Bear in mind that it is your suitability more than your ability that is being tested. If you don’t get through to the next stage, don’t think of it as a failure – it probably means that the role, and possibly PwC, would not suit you in the long run.
3. PwC’s games-based assessments
The next stage is to complete a series of games-based psychometric assessments. These will be assessing your:
- cognitive skills
- behavioural preferences (how you face challenges, how you approach goals)
- numerical ability
- reasoning ability
- decision-making ability.
We can’t tell you exactly what to expect, but you may find our article on the gamification of the recruitment process useful. If you're not used to gaming, don’t panic – you won’t be at a disadvantage. Make sure to play somewhere quiet with no distractions, and read the instructions carefully.
4. The PwC video interview
The PwC video interview asks you to record your responses to questions and case studies. It’s also your opportunity to demonstrate your motivation for working at PwC. It would be a good idea to look at our article offering expert performance tips for video interviews in preparation.
5. Assessment day
The final stage of the PwC recruitment process is an assessment day. It will involve working in groups and individually on a variety of case studies, and will allow you to learn more about what to expect during a typical working day at PwC. Remember that, when in a group you should:
- contribute, but not dominate the conversation
- speak clearly and confidently
- listen and don't interrupt
- be diplomatic
- from time to time, try to summarise the group's progress.
PwC aims to let candidates know as soon as possible if they have been successful or not. Sometimes, an additional interview is necessary.